Oka Center Iboga (Hacienda Iboga)

About us

The magical and intense awakening that iboga offers is best supported by accomplished teachers. David Stetson and Bovenga formed Oka Center to practice Bwiti, the thousands-year old culture and practices given to the Gabonese forest people by iboga itself. People experience entheogenic experiences, rebirthings, physical detoxes, disorder corrections and cessation of unwanted behaviors.

From our site:

Here at Oka we recognize that our western culture has in many ways separated itself from nature and that we have lost a certain kind of intelligence and/or awareness because of it. Although our advancements in technology and industry have paved the way for more practical efficiency and comfort, the downside is that many of us have a hard time acknowledging or remembering where we came from and where we are going. It is easy for us to feel alienated and lost in this jungle of a society that has been built with concrete, 

computer chips, and suffocating ethical standards and expectations.  What it means to survive in this environment often consists of values largely redundant or even detrimental to any sentiments or effort of being reconnected to the natural world or your natural state.  Our opinion is that Iboga, Ibogaine, and Bwiti can be enormously effective in turning our heads and our hearts back to our natural state, or at least to help start us back onto this path. 

Ours is a fusion between two opposite sides of the world:  While we recognize the western clinical protocol for ibogaine therapy as being crucial for safety, consistency, and detox efficacy, we also hold its traditional use in high regard.  

The people of Gabon have far more experience with Iboga than their fairly new western counterparts and the centuries of wisdom and intuition they possess - although communicated through an entirely different belief system - comprises the bulk of human experience with Iboga as a medicine.  Our numerous experiences in Gabon have guided us in developing our programs here at Oka and we believe the traditional use of Iboga holds much wisdom that we in the west have forgotten as it relates to our life and relationship with nature.   

Taking the most practically applicable and effective elements of each culture is our ongoing project with our goal being that anyone coming to Oka Center will experience a comfortable, authentic, safe Ibogaine treatment that respects the origin of themselves and this medicine.     

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  • Val Hawk   January 26, 2017

      Wonderful Experience in a Beautiful Place with Great People

    The Oka Center is a jewel, a perfect setting for a deep inner journey. The people there are passionate about their work, they are dedicated and caring and the real deal. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Since returning to my "normal" life, I am noticing the effects are quite long lasting; many assumptions I've been making and the patterns I've been running are falling away. It's a little scary reinventing oneself, but honestly the only thing that makes life worthwhile. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in this intense and very effective method get themselves to Oka.

  • Henry Gleason   June 20, 2016

      Africa in Mexico

    It's hot every day in Yucatan---I wanted to say that first, because it was the only thing that detracted from my experience at Oka Center. Fortunately all the rooms are air conditioned, and when the sun goes down and the ceremonies begin it goes down to a comfortable 70F. I want to thank Bovenga and Okukwe for their incredible services, prayers and music. I don't know if it was the iboga visions alone or the supporting ceremonies, but I literally went home to Africa when I took my big dose. I had visions which apparently are normal, pygmies, animals and the forest. I also got to review my own life, my choices, everything that's got me to be who I am. Life choices are what iboga's all about, it's given me a clean slate and a fresh start.

  • Deborah Fischer   June 20, 2016

      Exquisite Medicine

    David and Bobby were the perfect hosts for my iboga experience. I was cautious at first because of iboga-ibogaine scams out there, but it turned out Oka Center was the right choice for me. This was a true retreat--the hacienda is completely isolated in nature. They took me on daytrips to the underground cenotes, the Chichen Itza mayan ruins, and the day before I left to a beautiful Caribbean beach. It's a great location but the real benefit was my amazing journey with iboga and ibogaine. After ayahuasca I thought I could get through anything, and iboga laughed at that arrogance, and really put me through a tough time. It took almost 2 full days to fully recover from my flood dose, but now I'm glad I went through that rough patch: I have grown so much from it, so far. I'm going to come back with my aya friends next spring.


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